U.S. Education Official to Highlight Innovation in Columbus, Ohio

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U.S. Education Official to Highlight Innovation in Columbus, Ohio

Assistant Secretary for the Office of Communication and Outreach at the U.S. Department of Education Peter Cunningham will travel to Columbus, Ohio, to spotlight the Reading Recovery program, an early literacy initiative recently awarded nearly $46 million through the Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund, and to provide keynote remarks on how innovation fits into the administration's education reform agenda at the Ohio Imagination Conversation.

Cunningham will see first-hand how the Reading Recovery program helps educators teach struggling students to read at West Franklin Elementary School in Columbus. Ohio State University’s (OSU) College of Education and Human Ecology began its Reading Recovery program in 1984. OSU was awarded one of only four scale-up grants designed to support local efforts to expand research-based innovative programs with strong track records of success in helping to close the achievement gap and improve outcomes for high-need students.

The $650 million i3 fund invited school districts and nonprofit organizations (including institutions of higher education) working in partnership with school districts, to apply for one of three types of i3 grants: Development grants aimed at helping develop fresh ideas, Validation grants aimed at validating and spreading promising programs to regional scale, and Scale-Up grants aimed at bringing proven programs to national scale. A total of 49 applicants received awards out of nearly 1,700 Investing in Innovation applicants from across the country.

Thursday evening, Cunningham will join educators, arts and cultural leaders and government officials at the Ohio Imagination Conversation where he will discuss Education Department initiatives aimed at developing creative thinking to foster a 21st century learning environment. The Ohio Imagination Conversation is part of a Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education national initiative to put imagination, creativity and innovation at the center of American education. The discussion will be presented by the Columbus Museum of Art, the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Arts Council with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Education Association and will also be accessible via livestream webcast at www.columbusmuseum.org/specialevents/creativity_summit_2010.

Who : Peter Cunningham, assistant secretary of communications and outreach, U.S. Department of Education
What : Classroom observation of a Reading Recovery lesson with a Reading Recovery teacher leader, a student teacher and a 1st grader
When : Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010, 10:30 – 11:35 a.m. EST
Where : West Franklin Elementary School, 3501 Briggs Road, Columbus, Ohio

Who : Peter Cunningham, assistant secretary of communications and outreach, U.S. Department of Education
What : Keynote remarks and discussion for Ohio Imagination Conversation
When : Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010, 7 – 8 p.m. EST
Where : Columbus Museum of Art, 480 East Broad Street, Columbus, and also via livestream webcast at www.columbusmuseum.org/specialevents/creativity_summit_2010/